New Study Says MOOCs Have Few Active Users
1/6/2014 4:00:00 PM
A new study from the Alliance for Higher
Education & Democracy at University of
Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
reveals some interesting findings related to
MOOCs. These emerging findings include:
• MOOC course completion rates are low,
averaging 4% across all courses and
ranging from 2% to 14% depending
on the course and measurement of
• Across the 16 courses, completion
rates are somewhat higher, on average,
for courses with lower workloads
for students and fewer homework
assignments (about 6% versus 2.5%).
• The total number of individuals accessing a course varied considerably across courses,
ranging from more than 110,000 for “Introduction to Operations Management” to about
13,000 for “Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources.”
• Across all courses, about half of those who registered viewed at least one lecture within their
For more information about the study, go to www.gse.upenn.edu
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